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Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Plenary Council 2020

The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?

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Accreditation

Lay Ecclesial Ministers need and deserve formation of high standards that will provide them with the necessary skills and resources to adequately minister to the community they serve within. Accreditation is both a recognition and affirmation of the professionalism that is required by ministers in contemporary ministry.
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Education Bursaries

The Secretariat for Lay Ecclesial Ministry is committed, through the Education Bursaries program, to assist Lay Ecclesial Ministers with subsidies towards the financial costs of their study. Applicants must be currently employed within a parish (or equivalent ministry setting) within the Archdiocese of Melbourne. 
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Praying with Psalms Retreat Day for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Wednesday 16 May --- Pastoral Associates, Pastoral Workers and Lay Chaplains are invited to a retreat day at St Joseph's by the Sea, Williamstown. The day will focus on praying with the psalms, and will be facilitated by Mary Reaburn nds, who lectures on Biblical Studies at Yarra Theological Union with a special interest in the psalms, Daniel and patristic interpretation.

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2018 Liturgical Formation Dates

May & July --- The mass is made up of two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, inextricably connected to form one single act of worship. The ministries of the Reader of God’s Word and Extraordinary Minister of Communion during Mass are essential components of this ritual action. When delivered well, they have a profound impact on the celebration and on all those participating. View upcoming workshop dates >
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Sparks of Beauty kicks off at the NGV

Saturday 10 February --- The Sparks of Beauty series kicked off at the National Gallery of Victoria, with David Menzies noting that for some, art galleries are 'the cathedrals of the modern world'... These spaces provide a portal into the spiritual world too, as they offer an entry point to pondering the great mysteries of life. 
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Professional Development opportunities for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Lay Ecclesial Ministers, just like the ordained, need and deserve formation of high standards that will provide them with the necessary skills and resources to adequately minister to the community they serve within. These professional development days and retreats cover a range of topics including responding to family violence, praying with the psalms, developing a spirituality of encounter and accompanying those on a journey of grief and loss.
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Pastoral Notes and Prayers for Parish Communities

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has proclaimed the days from Ash Wednesday until the Saturday after Ash Wednesday 2018 as days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims. To support parishes, the following resources have been prepared and may be adapted according to the needs of the local community. They include sample penitential liturgies, prayers, litanies and prayer sheets.


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Blessed Ordinariness

Director's reflection (January 2018): Thomas Moore in A Life At Work (2008) writes about the experience of work as being a mixture of vision, intention and care. ... Perhaps thinking about our work – in whatever shape that takes – as a form of human prayer might help bring a sparkle of light and energy with us into this beginning year.

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Finding Jesus: An Easter Season Planning Day

Saturday 24 February --- Come and join us for an Easter Season planning day, commencing with a keynote presentation by Associate Professor Dr Mary Coloe pbvm exploring the readings for the Season, followed by a range of workshops to assist parishes in planning for this significant time in the Liturgical year. This is an opportunity to gather your local parish and/or school liturgy teams for some inspiration and best practices.

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